'Strange Days with Bob Saget' not funny enough

Bob Saget Bob Saget Photo Credit: Robert Sebree

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REVIEW

REASON TO WATCH: Bob Saget hangs with some unusual dudes.

Bob Saget says he's always been interested in "the underbelly of things" which more often than not tend to be strange things, too, or at least things that are out of the norm. To sate this interest, he knocked around with some unconventional types writ large for this A&E "real life" series. Tonight's two-parter follows Bob on his travels with a Louisville-based biker club known as the Iron Cross as they head to a wedding - the blessed event united Blaze and Summertime - and the funeral of a club member known only as Killer. Saget - who claims that he coveted "the freedom . . . and days on end without bathing" - doesn't actually know how to ride a chopper, so he rides in a sidecar instead. Next up, he heads out to the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington State to search for the sasquatch. His comrades, experienced 'squatch hunters, track the beast but Saget doesn't get an actual sighting.

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MY SAY Back in the day - or back in the day of "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos" - Bob Saget was one of the most visible people in American culture. Reasons were obvious - a boyish charm yoked to a rakishly profane sense of humor (the latter dramatically dialed down for all-family entertainment). But he hasn't been that visible lately; "Surviving Suburbia" and "Raising Dad" didn't last, his funny "Entourage" cameo was fleeting, and you currently only hear his voice on "How I Met Your Mother." It is not our role today to ponder why this considerable comic talent has been relegated to the sidelines, but instead ponder what happened to "Strange Days." In fact, there may be a link. Though Saget is amiable and likable here, the ratio of good quips to groaners is still only about one-to-four. Also, there's no character development - his or the bikers'. It's all fleeting, all in service of the quip. Before long, the shtick grows hair - just like the 'squatch Bob never found.

BOTTOM LINE Not funny enough.

GRADE C

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